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NBR Analysis


National Bureau of Asian Research

Publication Year: 2009

This publication is a collection of six issues of the NBR Analysis originally published between 2009–12

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research


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Table of Contents

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Shock of the New: Congress and Asia in 2009

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pp. 1-6

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pp. 3-8

The 111th Congress and the Obama administration have come into office in the midst of the worst financial crisis our nation has weathered since perhaps the Great Depression. Looking beyond the economic downturn, the United States is also faced with daunting policy challenges in health, the environment, and national security that cross international boundaries. Now more than ever before, successful policy responses ...

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Shock of the New: Congress and Asia in 2009

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pp. 5-38

... Congress and the administration must not only address specific Asian issues during this financial crisis but also develop a long-term agenda to manage rapid change in Asia. This will require conceptual adjustment, energetic and creative U.S. leadership, and international commitment at a time when the American public is disillusioned with conflict abroad, alarmed by economic distress at home, and more concerned about domestic than international affairs. ...


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pp. 35-41

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Pakistani Partnerships with the United States: An Assessment

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pp. 45-61

The identity and interests of Pakistan’s leaders are of profound importance to U.S. military, intelligence, and diplomatic operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the neighboring regions. The cultivation of effective relationships in Pakistan requires understanding the nuances of Pakistan’s leadership. While anti-American sentiment is widespread in Pakistani society, the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis ...

Power Constrained: Sources of Mutual Strategic Suspicion in U.S.-China Relations

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pp. 63-68

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pp. 65-70

The United States and China, and the relationships they have with each other and among key actors such as Japan, India, Korea, and Europe, will define the global balance of economic and military power—indeed, will define the very character of international relations—in the 21st century. For the foreseeable future, the United States and China will carry the greatest potential to shape Asian and world affairs. ...

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Power Constrained:Sources of Mutual Strategic Suspicionin U.S.-China Relations

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pp. 67-87

The U.S.-China relationship is fundamentally stable and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This is so because the relationship is anchored in the two societies’ respective preoccupations with their own domestic problems, the United States’ draining commitments elsewhere, and the requirement for cooperation on transnational issues such as proliferation, global production chain security, energy, the environment, stabilizing the world economy, and ...

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Sino-U.S. Competition and U.S. Security: How Do We Assess the Military Balance?

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pp. 90-117

... Assessments of the military competition between China and the U.S. are badly needed but mostly missing. Such assessments should consider the political objectives of the competitors, their military doctrines, and alliance politics, in addition to quantitative measures of military power in the context in which such capabilities would be deployed. Clashing political and military objectives will define the rivalry between the U.S. and China. For the U.S., the most ...

Aftershock: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia

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pp. 119-124

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pp. 121-126

This much is clear. America’s international leadership is entering a pivotal stage. At a time of domestic weakness, challenges are mounting across the globe. While America struggles with economic problems, it incurs the costs of two wars, faces challenges associated with the meteoric rise of China, and deals with the emergence of new power centers in Asia and instability in much of the Arab world. These developments call into ...

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Aftershock: The 112th Congress and Post-Crisis Asia

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pp. 123-151

... Four issues will confront the 112th Congress almost immediately. The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) will likely be Congress’s most important Asia policy vote. The risk of war on the Korean Peninsula is higher than in the recent past, and Congress will need to ensure that U.S. forces receive the support and resources necessary to prevail in any conflict against North Korea. Stronger and in a nationalistic mood, China has been testing the resolve ...

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Taiwan’s Future: Narrowing Straits

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pp. 153-174

... Cross-strait relations continue to improve because this trend is perceived as being in the interests of the three main actors: the governments of China, Taiwan, and the U.S. The Taiwan presidential election of 2012 is unlikely to seriously alter recent improvements. Many in Taiwan and abroad favor what they erroneously see as a status quo in which the Taiwan administration enjoys independence of action. However, China’s economic, military, and diplomatic leverage ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781939131263

Page Count: 174
Publication Year: 2009